How to Assemble Backboard and Rim
How to Add a Backboard and Hoop to an Existing Basketball Pole
Do you have an old basketball pole in your yard? Do you want a very inexpensive way to add the backboard and hoop so you can play? Go to your home improvement store for the few materials; try their "cull" (scrap) section for the plywood, which they may even cut for you if needed. Check out the thrift stores for an old hoop, and go to a sports store for the net. Line up a couple of people for the final assembly, though; this is very awkward to slide into the pole!
These directions are for a square hollow pole that is fixed into the ground; the top was removed by the previous house owners, so the pole was about 7' tall. The pole is a little bigger than 4" x 4", so the wooden 4" x 4" will slide right inside it. You just need to add the backboard and hoop, and something to keep the wood 4" x 4" from sliding all the way into the hollow pole, that is, keep it so the height of the hoop is at least near the 10' regulation height.
Measure 12" from the top right and left edges in (toward the middle) and 12" down from those two top corners; draw lines between the marks to cut off the corners using the circular saw.
Measure from the sides of the backboard near the top and the bottom to find the center, and draw a vertical line down.
Measure up from the bottom of the backboard (in the center) 2" and make a mark.Position the hoop square so the bottom aligns with this mark and it is in the center left-right. With the pencil, trace around the hoop's square. Remove the hoop.
Lay the backboard on the 4" x 4" (with the cut corners at the top).Leave about an inch above the top of the backboard so you can see and measure on the 4" x 4". Using the yardstick or tape rule, find the middle of the 4" x 4" (it won't be exactly at 2", so measure carefully). Make marks on the 4" x 4" above and below the backboard, and line up all the marks so the backboard is centered on the 4" x 4".
Using the 1-5/8" exterior screws and the power drill with the phillips bit, screw the backboard to the 4" x 4".Don't put any screws in the area where you traced the hoop's square. Use 4–6 screws, placed evenly up the backboard and 4" x 4".
Place the hoop in position on the backboard again, and trace inside the holes in the square.Remove the hoop. With the power drill and the 1/4" bit, drill a hole in the middle of each tracing. (Note: The lag screws you are about to put in will mostly miss the 4" x 4", so don't worry about that; the lag screws will hold the hoop to the backboard, and the other screws you already put in will hold the backboard to the 4" x 4".)
Place the hoop in position again, and put a washer on a lag screw, then screw the lag screw into one of the holes, using the adjustable wrench.Repeat for the other three lag screws. Make sure they're tight and the hoop doesn't wobble.
Attach the net to the hoop.
Get help for this part; two more people will help prevent accidents.One person will hold up the backboard in position, one person will measure the rim height with the tape rule, and one person will mark the 4" x 4" with the pencil and yardstick. Climb up the ladder next to the pole, and raise the backboard up alongside the pole until the rim is 10' from the ground. (Place it on one of the ladder's steps and lean it against the pole to help stabilize it. Be careful! It's very top-heavy!) Lay the yardstick across the top of the pole and alongside the 4" x 4" and mark the 4" x 4" there. This is how far into the hollow pole the 4" x 4" will go; you put stops here to keep it in place. Carefully bring the backboard and yourself down.
At the mark you just made, position one of the gusset angles so that the corner of it lines up with this mark and the bottom goes out.(See photo.) Using the exterior screws, screw it to the 4" x 4". Repeat for the other three gusset angles, making sure they're all even with each other. Be careful that the screws don't hit each other; you may have to angle them a little bit. The gusset angles make a little shelf to stop the 4" x 4" so the rim of the hoop will be at 10'.
Again, get help and be careful for this last step!This is the hardest part; the backboard is very top-heavy! Climb the ladder again and carefully raise the backboard up and slide the 4" x 4" into the hollow pole.
- Use safety goggles.
- Be careful with the power tools.
- Get help for assembly; this is very top-heavy.
- Use caution on the ladder; make sure it is stable.
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